Thursday November 01, 2018
Assange: Ecuador Planning to Turn Him Over to US
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum in its London embassy and hand him over to the United States, citing a new set of rules governing his residence at the Andean nation’s diplomatic mission as evidence.
Assange spoke from the embassy via teleconference at the first hearing of a lawsuit in Quito that was initiated by his legal team against the Ecuadorean government. The lawsuit challenges the new rules, which require him to pay for medical bills, phone calls and clean up after his pet cat.
During the hearing, Assange said the new rules were a sign Ecuador was trying to push him out, and said Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno had already decided to end his asylum but had not yet officially given the order.
His comments prompted the South American country’s top government attorney, Iñigo Salvador, to interrupt him and warn him not to make political statements during the proceedings.
Court officials told journalists they could not record any of the statements made during the hearing.
But we’ve seen this before:
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange will be removed from the Ecuadorean Embassy ‘imminently’
Jul. 28, 2018, 9:37 AM
Wikileaks Julian Assange could be removed from the Ecuador Embassy in London “imminently.”
He has been there six years, in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden or the US.
His health is failing.
LONDON — Julian Assange will be kicked out of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London— where he has lived in diplomatic isolation since 2012 — “imminently,” a source has told The Times of London. CNN reports that Downing Street is in “ongoing” discussions with Ecuador and the United States over his fate.
Both Ecuador and Britain want to ensure Assange remains unharmed. But their suspicion is that US prosecutors have a sealed indictment against him and will extradite him to America, where he faces prison if convicted of charges related to the publication of US documents that were subject to national security secrecy protections. CNN said:
I believe that time it was when he had been told he had to clean up his bathroom…
So “This time for sure!”?
Or just Ecuador getting tired of picking up his cat poo?
Personally, I think it would be best if the UK handed him over to the USA and Trump gave him a blanket pardon.
1) Ecuador would be “off the hook” for dealing with him and can get their life back.
2) The UK stops looking like a foolish Police State now that Sweden had dropped the original charges / issue. All the resources wasted on this can go to productive use.
3) Assange stops being in the limelight as a Noble Martyr to the Cause. He can see his kids, catch some sun, and lick his wounds while contemplating his ways.
4) Trump ends an ongoing pointless melodrama and gets a load of Tech Rebels on his side. It’s always helpful to have the geeks “on side”.
5) All the rest of us can forget about the whole sordid affair and get back to Real Life(tm).